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Tuesday 21st July 2020
News and appeals 83 arrests made during two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
A total of 83 arrests were made during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.
The shocking figure can be revealed after the fortnightly operation – run by both Surrey Police and Sussex Police to keep people safe and target offenders on our roads – concluded on Sunday evening (12 July).
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
“These irresponsible individuals increase the chances of serious injury or fatal collisions occurring, which impacts hugely on the lives of those injured and the families of those that die on our roads, who continue to try and cope without their loved ones in their lives.
“While it is our duty to respond to emergency situations, it goes without saying that such incidents could be easily avoided if people listen to our advice, listen to their conscience, and make the right decision.
“If you’re going to be consuming drink or drugs, make sure you plan ahead – walk home if you can, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Never get into a vehicle if you suspect the driver is under the influence; you might live to regret it.”
The campaign was run by the forces in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart Surrey, and is in addition to routine roads policing, which involves responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.
It was also run for two weeks in June and July 2019, which coincidentally resulted in the same number of arrests – 83.
This year’s campaign coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s two-week seatbelt campaign, which resulted in 43 fixed penalty notices being issued for offences in Sussex between 29 June and 12 July.
In 2019, a total of 289 collisions involving a drink-driver were recorded in Sussex. Of these, 70 resulted in serious injuries and a further four resulted in death (stats not currently available for drug-driving related collisions).
Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Shoreham attempted murder: Police make further arrests
Detectives investigating an attempted murder in Shoreham have made three further arrests in connection with the incident.
A 55-year-old local man sustained serious injuries after he was stabbed at an outbuilding in Nicholson Drive at about 10pm on Tuesday 11 February.
Jordan Bell, 19, unemployed, of Grafton Gardens, Sompting, has been remanded in custody charged with attempted murder and is awaiting a court trial in August.
Earlier this month, police carried out three warrants at addresses in Lancing and arrested two men aged 18 and a man aged 19 on suspicion of aggravated burglary in connection with the incident on 11 February. One of the 18-year-old suspects was also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They have all been released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident and anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting Operation Waterway.
Sussex Police receives on average 1,600 calls every single day. Reports are assessed and prioritised in our Contact Centre to make sure we can be where we are needed the most.
The information we get from the public through 999 and 101 calls as well as our online reporting tool is crucial in our role of keeping communities safe and feeling safe.
We are asking the public to continue to Make The Right Call so we can ensure that our resources are focused on those who genuinely need our help and to prevent crime.
On 28 May a member of the public - a 13-year-old boy - called 999 concerned for the welfare of a woman in Rustington who had approached him in distress and asking for help. The woman had come to the attention of police several times over the previous 48 hours and officers had been working to locate her. The emergency call meant officers were able to swiftly respond and ensure her welfare. The caller has been sent a letter of thanks from Sussex Police to say he did the right thing in acting on his instincts. He has also been invited to an Open Day at Headquarters once these are possible under Covid-19 restrictions.
Chief Inspector Adam Hays, of the Force Contact, Command and Control Department said: "We are incredibly grateful that the community in Sussex is so responsive and helps us out by acting as our extra eyes and ears.
"Every day we are contacted by people going out of their way to look out for one another and I wanted to take this opportunity to send my sincere thanks. It is vital that you trust your instincts if you see something suspicious or feel concerned for the welfare of another person. Reports are prioritised to ensure that we are responding where there is the greatest risk of harm or where there is a crime in progress.
"We hope this helps to illustrate how valuable the contribution of the public is towards positive outcomes in policing and ask that you continue to Make The Right Call and help us keep people safe."
If you notice anything suspicious or think someone needs our help, we want to know about it. Please report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
You can alternatively report anonymously to Crimestoppers here or by calling 0800 555 111.
To see if your concern is a police matter please see the Force website here.
Reference: 0070 16th July
Location: Old Fort Road, Shoreham
Date and time: At approximately 0100hrs 16th July
Details: A window was broken and access gained to a car key which was stolen then the car parked on the driveway was also stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0159 14th July
Location: Hailsham Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2100hrs 13th and 0445hrs 14th July
Details: Access was gained to a garage, van keys were stolen and then the van was taken.
Reference: 1004 17th July
Location: The Moorings, Shoreham
Date and time: Overnight 17th July
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from a garage
Reference: 0581 16th July
Location: Windsor Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 15th July and 0600hrs 16th July
Details: A padlock on a shed was broken and 2 pedal cycles were stolen. Help us keep Sussex safe
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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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